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Great Expectations Summary

Great Expectations is the story of Pip, an orphan boy adopted by a blacksmith's family, who has good luck and great expectations, and then loses both his luck and his expectations. Through this rise and fall, however, Pip learns how to find happiness. e learns the meaning of friendship and the meaning of love and, of course, becomes a better person for it.

The story opens with the narrator, Pip, who introduces himself and describes a much younger Pip staring at the gravestones of his parents. This tiny, shivering bundle of a boy is suddenly terrified by a man dressed in a prison uniform. The man tells Pip that if he wants to live, he'll go down to his house and bring him back some food and a file for the shackle on his leg. Pip runs home to his sister, !rs. "oe Gragery, and his adoptive father, "oe Gragery. !rs. "oe is a loud, angry, nagging woman who constantly reminds Pip and her husband "oe of the difficulties she has gone through to raise Pip and take care of the house. Pip finds solace from these rages in "oe, who is more his e#ual than a paternal figure, and they are united under a common oppression. Pip steals food and a pork pie from the pantry shelf and a file from "oe's forge and brings them back to the escaped convict the next morning. $oon thereafter, Pip watches the man get caught by soldiers and the whole event soon disappears from his young mind. !rs. "oe comes home one evening, #uite excited, and proclaims that Pip is going to %play% for !iss avisham, %a rich and grim lady who lived in a large and dismal house.% Pip is brought to !iss avisham's place, a mansion called the %$atis ouse,% where sunshine never enters. e meets a girl about his age, Estella, %who was very pretty and seemed very proud.% Pip instantly falls in love with her and will love her the rest of the story. e then meets !iss avisham, a willowy, yellowed old woman dressed in an old wedding gown. !iss avisham seems most happy when Estella insults Pip's coarse hands and his thick boots as they play. Pip is insulted, but thinks there is something wrong with him. become uncommon, and to become a gentleman. e vows to change, to

Pip continues to visit Estella and !iss avisham for eight months and learns more about their strange life. !iss avisham brings him into a great ban#uet hall where a table is set with food and large wedding cake. &ut the food and the cake are years old, untouched except by a vast array of rats, beetles and spiders which crawl freely through the room. er relatives all come to see her on the same day of the year' her birthday and wedding day, the day when the cake was set out and the clocks were stopped many years before( i.e. the day !iss avisham stopped living.

There.emmick has a fantastical private life. *rom erbert. treats him like the boy he used to be. drawbridge. The benefactor. complete with moat. Pip recogni.Pip begins to dream what life would be like if he were a gentleman and wealthy. Pip explains his misery to his readers' he is ashamed of his home. and his %smell of soap.emmick. having lost much of voice. 0lthough he lives in a small cottage. and then breaking their hearts. Pip sees something strikingly familiar in Estella's face. !rs. explains that Pip now has %great expectations. private life is another. !iss avisham gives "oe twenty five pounds for Pip's service to her and says good)bye. Pip spends an uncomfortable evening with &iddy and "oe. moves into the house. $he has suffered some serious brain damage. he wants to be a gentleman. a cheerful young gentleman that becomes one of Pip's best friends. Pip 1ourneys back to the $atis ouse to see !iss avisham and Estella. "aggers himself invites Pip and friends to dinner. +t is the fourth year of Pip's apprenticeship and he is sitting with "oe at the pub when they are approached by a stranger.% +ndeed. "aggers. he finds himself feeling very lonely. her %temper was greatly improved. &iddy. Pip. he slips back %into the coarse and common voice% of his youth and she. &ack at the house.emmick brings Pip to &ernard's +nn. Pips finds out that !iss avisham adopted Estella and raised her to wreak revenge on the male gender by making them fall in love with her.emmick's whose slogan seems to be %/ffice is one thing. her hearing. the man. e wants to be uncommon.% e is to be given a large monthly stipend.emmick. This dream ends when !iss avisham asks Pip to bring "oe to visit her.emmick's suggestion. in return. a young orphan friend of Pip's. Pip visits !iss avisham who hints subtly that she is his unknown sponsor. "agger's s#uare)mouth clerk.es him. who is now older and so much more beautiful that he doesn't recogni. . e . The next day. ashamed of his trade. *acing her now. on . looks carefully at "agger's servant woman )) a %tigress% according to . *urthermore. "oe is found lying unconscious.% To help with the housework and to take care of !rs. . e wants to be a part of the environment that he had a small taste of at the !anor ouse. and she was patient.% as a man he had once run into at !iss avisham's house years before. Pip goes to live in -ondon and meets . "oe. The years pass #uickly. despite having all his dreams come true. however. then retires to bed. and her memory. in order that he may start his indenture as a blacksmith. where Pip will live for the next five years with !atthew Pocket's son erbert. Early in his indenture. $he is about forty. and seems to regard "aggers with a mix of fear and duty. knocked senseless by some unknown assailant. and a firing cannon. does not want to be known and is to remain a mystery.e her at first. the cottage has been modified to look a bit like a castle. Pip is invited to dinner at . administered by "aggers who is a lawyer.

0 rough sea)worn man of sixty comes to Pip's home on a stormy night soon after Pip's twenty)fourth birthday. Pip is disgusted with him. 4ears go by and Pip is still living the same wasteful life of a wealthy young man in the city. 0s well.e him as the convict that he fed in the marshes when he was a child. reveals that he is Pip's benefactor. erbert passes a note to Pip telling him that 5ompeyson was the name of the man who left !iss avisham on her wedding day. but an expression on her face reminds him of someone. Pip returns home again to attend the funeral. since the law will execute him if they find him in England. Pip is being watched.emmick tells Pip things he has learned from the prisoners at 2ewgate. and may be in some danger. %+'ve made a gentleman out of you. "oe and Pip sit comfortably by the fire like times of old. . he swore to himself that every cent he earned would go to Pip. Pip stays away from "oe and &iddy's house and the forge. Pip breaks down and confesses his love for Estella. Estella tells him straight that she is incapable of love )) she has warned him of as much before )) and she will soon be married to 3rummle. he was alone and got into trouble. $oon thereafter. but wants to protect him and make sure he isn't found and put to death. Pip asks .can't #uite place the look. -ater. 5ompeyson has made his presence known in -ondon. 0ll of his expectations are demolished. and other white collar crime. Pip is horrified. "oe Gragery. +n one of his brief stints actually out of 1ail. forgery. !agwitch tells them the story of his life. Pip goes back to $atis ouse and finds !iss avisham and Estella in the same ban#uet room. $ince the day that Pip helped him. Pip finds out that 3rummle. There is no grand design by !iss avisham to make Pip happy and rich. living in harmonious marriage to Estella. has begun courting Estella. &iddy insinuates that Pip will not be returning soon as he promises and he leaves insulted. but walks around town. 5ompeyson recruited !agwitch to do his dirty work and landed !agwitch into trouble with the law. . *rom a very young age. erbert and Pip decide that Pip will try and convince !agwitch to leave England with him.emmick has already warned . a letter for Pip announces the death of !rs. treats him with courteous disdain.emmick for advice on how to give erbert some of his yearly stipend anonymously. The man. !agwitch. &ack in -ondon. en1oying the admiring looks he gets from his past neighbors. but then begins to recogni. the most repulsive of his ac#uaintances.% he says. 2arrator Pip describes his relationship to Estella while she lived in the city' %+ suffered every kind and degree of torture that Estella could cause me. he says. !agwitch met a young well)to)do gentleman named 5ompeyson who had his hand in everything illegal' swindling. The convict tells Pip that he has come back to see him under threat of his life. Pip invites him in.% the man exclaims. !agwitch hates the man. &ack in -ondon.

3uring the dinner. and she gives Pip nine hundred pounds to help erbert out. erbert and Pip get up the next morning and start rowing down the river. !agwitch finally comes up from the water. %0nd + love her. a girl. erbert has been spending some time with !agwitch at 5lara's and has been told the whole !agwitch story. /nce again. +t was "aggers' first big break)through case. They are within a few feet of a steamer that they hope to board when another boat pulls alongside to stop them. and Pip and erbert find themselves in a police boat of sorts. e finds her again sitting by the fire.emmick at "aggers' home. eeding the warning.emmick tells the story of "aggers' servant woman. Pip goes for a walk around the garden then comes back to find !iss avisham on fire7 Pip puts the fire out. but the steamer is on top of them. house. Pip puts is all together and tells erbert that !agwitch is Estella's father. The woman was also said to have killed her own child. but !agwitch had let him go and he is presumably drowned. picking up !agwitch at the preappointed time. !iss avisham asks Pip to come visit her. erbert has hidden !agwitch in his fianc6 5lara's Pip has dinner with "aggers and . Pip whispers to him one day that the daughter he thought was dead is #uite alive. burning himself badly in the process. "aggers' servant woman is Estella's mother7 /n their way home together. 5reditors and "oe fall in and out of his dreams .es the similarities between Estella and "aggers' servant woman. Pip falls into a fever for nearly a month. 0nd !agwitch never did. !iss avisham wants to help.% !agwitch gives up the ghost. +n the confusion. The woman had come to !agwitch on the day she murdered the other woman and told him she was going to kill their child and that !agwitch would never see her. Pip tells her how he was giving some of his money to help erbert with his future. the Tigress. 5ompeyson and !agwitch disappear under water. Pip goes home and erbert takes care of his burns. the case that made him. Pip finally reali. The doctors come and announce that she will live. Pip attends to the ailing !agwitch daily in prison. !agwitch is shackled and arrested. but now must stop since he himself is no longer taking money from his benefactor. The steamer crushes Pip's boat. +t is time to escape with !agwitch.erbert as well. but this time she looks very lonely.% Pip says. Pip tells her she is already forgiven and that he needs too much forgiving himself not to be able to forgive others. e and 5ompeyson wrestled for a while. $he then asks Pip for forgiveness. e was defending this woman in a case where she was accused of killing another woman by strangulation. !agwitch is in 1ail and #uite ill. . !agwitch was the husband of "aggers' servant woman. Pip sees 5ompeyson leading the other boat. %$he is a lady and very beautiful. at about the same time as the murder.

"oe slips away one morning leaving only a note. nursing him back to health. 2evertheless. "oe has been there the whole time. a little Pip.ithin a year. indeed. truly. he becomes a partner. Pip returns from his work overseas. and to ask &iddy to marry him. and asks them for their forgiveness in all his actions. Pip discovers that "oe has paid off all his debtors. . sitting by the fire with "oe 1ust like Pip himself did years ago. e pays off his debts and works hard. he regains his senses and sees that. "oe tells him that !iss avisham died during his illness. They happily give it. Pip goes to "oe and indeed finds happiness )) but the happiness is "oe and &iddy's. +t is their wedding day. Pip tells &iddy that he is #uite the settled old bachelor. 3rummle treated her roughly and recently died. Pip wishes them well.and his reality. asking for forgiveness for everything he has done. that she left Estella nearly all. Pip is committed to returning to "oe. and Pip %saw the shadow of no parting from her. living with 5lara and erbert and he thinks he will never marry. *inally. he goes to the $atis ouse that night to think once again of the girl who got away. The two walk out of the garden hand in hand. and !atthew Pocket a great deal. e visits "oe and &iddy and meets their son.% . Pip goes to work for erbert's' firm and lives with the now married 5lara and erbert. $he tells Pip that she has learned the feeling of heartbreak the hard way and now seeks his forgiveness for what she did to him. Eleven years later. 0nd there he meets Estella.